Definition of Bites

1. Noun. (plural of bite) ¹

2. Verb. (third-person singular of bite) ¹

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Definition of Bites

1. bite [v] - See also: bite

Medical Definition of Bites

1. Penetration of the skin (puncture or laceration) causing reactions that result from 1) mechanical injury; 2) injection of toxic material such as snake or scorpion venom; 3) injection of antigenic substance, especially by insect or arthropod bites, capable of inducing and eliciting allergic sensitization; 4) introduction of otherwise saprophytic flora such as Staphylococcus pyogenes in the instance of human bites; 5) invasion of the tissue as in myiasis; 6) transmission of disease such as typhus and rabies. Depending on the nature of the material propelled into the puncture of the skin and, in the case of antigenic material, on the previous exposure and immunity of the host, the local reaction will be immediate or delayed, accompanied by varying degrees of pain, itching and burning, and systemic manifestations specific for the offending agent. Origin: see bite (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bites

bite the hand that feeds one
bite to eat
bite wing
bite wings
bitemporal hemianopia
bites (current term)
bites the bullet
bites the dust
bitewing film
bitewing radiograph

Literary usage of Bites

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Preventive Medicine and Hygiene by Milton Joseph Rosenau, George Chandler Whipple, John William Trask, Thomas William Salmon (1921)
"The Relative Danger of bites.—Wolf bites are most dangerous on account of the ... Cat bites come next, and the.n dug bites.. The relative danger of bites of ..."

2. A Manual of Personal Hygiene: Proper Living Upon a Physiologic Basis by Walter Lytle Pyle (1915)
"Mosquito-bites are often a source of great annoyance and disfigurement. The annoying itching may be allayed by touching the bites with ..."

3. The Science and Art of Surgery: Being a Treatise on Surgical Injuries by Marcus Beck (1884)
"Snake-bites are seldom fatal in England, the viper or adder not possessing a ... Their bites are of course most dangerous if inflicted through a vein or ..."

4. Dr. Chase's Recipes: Or, Information for Everybody. An Invaluable Collection by Alvin Wood Chase (1860)
"It has been used very successfully in snake bites to 'my knowledge." There is no doubt in the author's mind but what this gentleman has made a mistake in ..."

5. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1887)
"CICATRICES OF LEECH bites. DR. CASTRO, of Italy, states (Annal. ... the presence of scars as the result of leech bites. He made thirty-seven experiments on ..."

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